Australia: Grant to help LGBT conversion survivors

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05/22/2020

Researchers from La Trobe University have been awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage grant to improve the support provided to survivors of LGBT conversion practices. Dr Timothy Jones from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences will investigate the impact of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) conversion practices in Australia. “Previous research has shown that attempts to change the sexual and gender orientation of LGBT people using conversion practices does not work. But little is known about the associated risks, and lasting impact on survivors, which our project aims to change,” Dr Jones said. Dr Jones said the research will also be instrumental in informing future treatment and support for survivors of conversion practices. “We know that many survivors suffer immense trauma and grief as a result of their experiences. This research will help religious leaders and healthcare professionals provide best practice support to survivors,” Dr Jones said.

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